THE Blues failed to build on their midweek win over Brentford as they went down to defeat at St James Park this afternoon.
City manager Simon Davies named an unchanged side but promotion-chasing Exeter had too much for the visitors.
Kevin Ellison (twice) and Ryan Lowe went close for Chester in the opening five minutes, but the hosts went 1-0 up on 22 minutes.
Veteran striker Marcus Stewart played a neat one-two and crossed from the left for Adam Stansfield, whose clever flick from close range beat John Danby.
Chester came close to drawing level two minutes into injury time when Ellison’s stunning free-kick was somehow kept out by Exeter keeper Paul Jones.
The hosts were awarded a dubious penalty 10 minutes into the second half when Stansfield’s shot hit Kevin Roberts, who was harshly punished for an apparent hand-ball.
Justice was done as Danby saved Logan’s spot kick.
Exeter bagged their second of the afternoon three minutes from time. Rob Edwards crossed for Matt Taylor, who rose to head past Danby from six yards.
Exeter: Jones, Tully, Seaborne, Taylor, Moxey, Logan, Cozic, Edwards, Gill, Stewart, Stansfield. Subs: Marriott, Harley, Obersteller, Basham, Watson.
Chester: Danby, J Vaughan, Linwood, Roberts, Barry, Harris, Mozika, Hughes, Ellison, Johnson, Lowe. Subs: S Williams, Kelly, McManus, Rutherford, Mitchell.
Attendance: 4,448 (143 away).
Referee: Steven Cook (Surrey).